Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in parts of Central, East Gippsland, North East, West and South Gippsland, South West and North Central Forecast Districts.

Issued at 5:02 pm Sunday, 9 June 2024.
Damaging wind gusts expected over parts of Victoria from late Monday evening into Tuesday.

Weather Situation: A vigorous cold front will move eastwards across Victoria on Tuesday, reaching the west of the state in the early morning, and clearing to the east by late in the day. This will strengthen the pressure gradient and north to northwesterly winds across elevated areas and their immediate downwind slopes during Tuesday.

For the MACEDON and OTWAY RANGES: Strong winds averaging 50 to 60 km/h with DAMAGING WIND GUSTS of around 90 km/h are likely to develop from late Monday evening into the early morning on Tuesday. Winds are expected to ease during Tuesday morning, although gusty thunderstorm activity may persist into Tuesday afternoon over the south of the state.

For parts of GIPPSLAND, and CENTRAL and NORTHEAST RANGES: Strong winds averaging 50 to 60 km/h with DAMAGING WIND GUSTS of around 100 km/h are likely to develop over the peaks above 1600 metres and on the southern slopes of the ranges during Tuesday morning. These conditions are expected to ease by Tuesday evening.

Locations which may be affected include Apollo Bay, Bacchus Marsh, Dargo, Mt Baw Baw, Falls Creek, Mt Hotham, Mt Buller and Omeo.

The State Emergency Service advises that people should:
* If driving conditions are dangerous, safely pull over away from trees, drains, low-lying areas and floodwater. Avoid travel if possible.
* Stay safe by avoiding dangerous hazards, such as floodwater, mud, debris, damaged roads and fallen trees.
* Be aware - heat, fire or recent storms may make trees unstable and more likely to fall when it's windy or wet.
* Check that loose items, such as outdoor settings, umbrellas and trampolines are safely secured. Move vehicles under cover or away from trees.
* Stay indoors and away from windows.
* If outdoors, move to a safe place indoors. Stay away from trees, drains, gutters, creeks and waterways.
* Stay away from fallen powerlines - always assume they are live.
* Be aware that in fire affected areas, rainfall run-off into waterways may contain debris such as ash, soil, trees and rocks. Heavy rainfall may also increase the potential for landslides and debris across roads.
* Stay informed: Monitor weather warnings, forecasts and river levels at the Bureau of Meteorology website, and warnings through VicEmergency website/app/hotline.